Are Real Estate Developers Shutting Down Fry’s Electronics?

Since the Palo Alto store closing announcement in September 2019, I’ve made eight videos about Fry’s Electronics Electronics being a zombie retailer. Empty parking lot, barren shelves, few customers, and the salesclerks unhelpful as always. I mentioned in some videos that I thought real estate developers would dictate future store closings. This week the San Jose Mercury News reported on a developer’s proposal to turn Fry’s Electronics’s San Jose store, warehouse, and corporate headquarters into a multi-building tech campus for 10,000 employees. Are real estate developers shutting down Fry’s Electronics?

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Big Tech YouTuber Bitwit Discovers Fry’s Electronics Going Out of Business

Fry’s Electronics used to be where local PC builders scanned the full-page newspaper ads at the entrance and went inside to buy parts. None of the big tech YouTubers that I follow had anything to say about Fry’s going out of business in recent months. That changed when Kyle and Heather of Bitwit drove over to the Fry’s Burbank store to check out what viewers have been telling them for months. They made the shocking discovery that the rumors were all true. Not just at the Burbank store but also the Las Vegas store.

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Will Fry’s Electronics Shut Down On 01/20/2020?

While reading news articles, forum posts and viewer comments about the future of Fry’s Electronics, I kept coming across a specific date for when the entire chain is to shut down for good: Monday, January 20, 2020. Which happens to be tomorrow. It’s also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States. Will Fry’s Electronics — the entire chain and not just a few stores — shut down tomorrow?

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Fry’s Electronics Closed Two Stores During Holidays

My last video about Fry’s Electronics was the Campbell store on Black Friday having enough crap on the shelves to look like a dollar store. Never mind that a dollar store would have a much better selection. There were three updates since then, two involving store closings.

  • The Palo Alto store closed on Friday, December 27, 2019, as expected with the building lease expiring by February 2020.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle had all but called B.S. on Fry’s business model going into the New Year.
  • As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Duluth, Georgia, store closed after Thanksgiving without warning.

Is this the beginning of the end for Fry’s Electronics?

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Black Friday 2019 @ Fry’s Electronics

Three months ago my friend and I went to Fry’s Electronics after reading a news article that the Palo Alto store was closing. We visited the Campbell store to find an empty parking lot, barren shelves, few customers and less helpful salesclerks. On Black Friday 2019, we went back to the Campbell store to find cars in the parking lot, less barren shelves, more customers and still less helpful salesclerks. However, all the new inventory is just crap that people don’t need or can buy at Best Buy for less. This is a bad start to the holiday season. Will Fry’s Electronics remain open in 2020?

Will Santa Claus Save Fry’s Electronics on Black Friday?

We are one week away from Black Friday. Is Fry’s Electronics ready for the big holiday season? Are the shelves stocked with new inventory? Are the Black Friday ads announcing great deals? Are the parking lots full of cars? Oh, hell no. In fact, those are the wrong questions. Based on recent reports this week, a better question would be: Will Santa Claus save Fry’s Electronics on Black Friday?

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Will Fry’s Electronics Have New Inventory For Black Friday?

We are one month away from Black Friday, the first official shopping day of the 2019 holiday season. Fry’s Electronics is supposed to be stocking up on new inventory for the holidays and give longtime customers confidence that the 34-year-old retail chain will remain open in 2020. Based on recent entries to The Layoff, customers at many stores are finding the shelves more barren of inventory and salesclerks are still claiming that they’re switching vendors. Three new developments may explain why Fry’s will continue to be a zombie retailer.

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Is Fry’s Electronics Really Going Out of Business?

A friend mentioned several weeks ago that Fry’s Electronics was closing the Palo Alto store after the holidays. We jumped into the car and went over to the Campbell store. The parking lot empty, the shelves barren, the customers few, and the salesclerks unhelpful as always. After I posted my montage video, I’ve gotten comments that other stores around the country were in better or worse shape than the Campbell store. Fry’s Electronics put out a statement that they weren’t going out of business, are in the middle of changing vendors, and plan to stock the shelves for the holiday season.

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Is Fry’s Electronics Going Out of Business?

A friend noticed a headline that the Fry’s Electronic store in Palo Alto, CA, was closing at the end of 2019. We drove over to the Fry’s Electronics in Campbell, CA, to check out the store. Something we haven’t done in years since Best Buy, Amazon and Newegg has everything we needed. We found and empty parking lot, under stock or empty shelves, and very few sales people who interested in helping anyone. If Fry’s Electronics does go out of business, it will be the end of an era.